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Just Cause (Snap Case) (1995)

Sean Connery , Laurence Fishburne , Arne Glimcher  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood
  • Directors: Arne Glimcher
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790740796
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Just Cause (Snap Case)" on IMDb

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Just Cause is a film that relies on phony plot twists and steals openly from any other thriller that it can remember. If there was a drinking game requiring players to drink during every cinematic "homage," you'd be tanked after Just Cause's first 45 minutes. Take one case of racial injustice, place it in an exotic, exquisitely photographed location (the Florida Everglades), and bring in an outsider, played by a bankable star, to save the day. Make sure nothing appears as it seems. Add a couple of plot twists, some over-the-top character actors (Ed Harris, shamelessly riffing on Hannibal Lecter), stir, and serve. The big name in this case is Sean Connery, who plays a Harvard law professor summoned to the swamps by an apparently innocent death row inmate (Blair Underwood), who swears he didn't rape and kill that 11-year-old girl. He says he confessed because maverick psycho-cop Tanny Brown (Laurence Fishburne) made him play a solo game of Russian roulette. He says his Serial-killer neighbor on death row (Harris) committed the crime. Connery buys it, the audience buys it, and how could they not? Director Arne Glimcher (who made the lackluster Mambo Kings) coerces everyone with simplistic plot manipulations. Characters are given no depth, and the actors are pawns moved about like pieces on a Clue gameboard. --Dave McCoy

Product Description

Kinetic thriller starring Sean Connery as an eminent lawyer and Harvard professor who tries to save an African-American in the Deep South awaiting execution for raping and killing a young girl. Connery's investigation leads him to a cop with questionable scruples and a serial killer imprisoned in a Florida jail. Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood, and Ed Harris co-star. 102 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital Surround stereo.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Connery's best movies.. July 31, 2005
By M Bardi
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I don't get why so many people didn't like this movie, and why is there all those negative reviews about the film ?
This film is just great, it has an interesting plot, great acting by all the stars and a good ending.
So don't you guys pay any attention to those negative reviews, this movie has it all.

I personally think that this is one of connery's best movies with an amazing performance by all especially connery !
And the scene where connery's character interviews Harris's character is one of my favourite scenes, quit memorable and thrilling !

This is a must BUY movie and is highly recommended !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evil exists ... but not where you think! May 9, 2010
A bravo performance by the great Sean Connery, plus a fairly imaginative storyline, saves this one from mediocrity. The supporting cast is not bad, although you really never get to know them much. You may think that you see where this one is going, but there are surprises.

A young black man is on death row for a murder that he maintains he did not commit. Connery plays a liberal, anti-death penalty law professor who gets talked into trying for a new appeal in the case. Turns out that the convict was indeed beaten and coerced into making his confession in what was otherwise a fairly thin case against him. But all is not what it seems, and more would be telling. This one held my interest throughout. It has a somewhat strange moral message if you want to call it that.

One of the better suspense/murder films out there. This one is worth a try, especially for Sean Connery fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I DIDN'T EXPECT THIS TO BE GREAT..AND IT REALLY IS!! January 12, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I remember the night I first watched this movie. I rented it at the Video Shop, without much enthusiasm & at the insistence of my roommate. Well, let me tell you, this Thriller is exactly that..THRILLING!! Every turn and twist imaginable is in this movie. Did he or didn't he kill that little girl? I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie. Ed Harris is terrific as well as Sean Connery, who just keeps getting better with age. I recommend BUYING this movie. I have watched it about 4 or 5 times now and my heart races each and every time. [....]
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Derivative January 4, 2010
Just Cause / 085391362326


I bought this movie on speculation, assuming that anything involving both Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne couldn't possibly go wrong, but it turns out I was underestimating the power of a horrible, didactic plot.

The movie starts out promisingly enough, with Connery in the role of a crusading law professor, out to right all the injustices of our death penalty driven legal system, and with Fishburne playing out the role of the dirty cop who breaks all the rules in order to take down the criminal - even if the 'criminal' is really innocent and the rules are broken in order to egregiously railroad the wrong man for a horrible crime.

This is the stuff of good drama, and really the film-makers should have been satisfied with this. But, no, everything has to have a 'twist' these days, so after Connery uses his legal kung fu to break our innocent, railroaded victim out of jail, there's still a good 45 minutes left in the movie, so you just know that can't be the end of it. Indeed, somewhere it is written that if anyone is freed from prison more than 30 minutes before the movie ends, then they will inevitably be left holding the Whodunit bag at the end of the film (conversely, if anyone is sent to prison with 30 minutes remaining, they're either the wrong guy for the crime, or just a flunky for the "real" mastermind).

Sure enough, all hell breaks loose immediately after judicial release, and Connery comes to realize what Fishburne was smart enough to clue in on an hour ago - the innocent jailbird isn't so innocent after all, and Fishburne was just doing what was necessary ("just cause", get it?) in order to put a dangerous man behind bars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Cause February 13, 2014
By Nikkie
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This movie is not for children, it has some pretty twisted concepts along with some vulgar language. But other than that, this movie is a great Sean Connery film. If you love CSI's or any kind of murder mysteries, you'll love this film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars JUST BECAUSE... March 21, 2005
Initially intrigued by this movie's numerous plot twists, it's only in retrospect that I now see the movie's numerous flaws that prevent it from being a top notch movie. Sean Connery does well in his role as a Harvard law professor asked to prove a death row inmate's innocence. Seems his confession came about as a result of a violent coercion from the town's two law officers. Throw in a subplot involving Connery's lawyer wife, a demented Hannibal Lechter-like serial killer, and lots of confusion about the innocence or guilt of both the accused and/or the law officer. The movie gives itself away with the quick vindication of the accused; you know something is going on, or the movie would have been over. The main problem in the end, is that we never really understand exactly why the killer chose to kill this little girl, and just how far someone would go to exact revenge. You can't really fault the cast, though: Kate Capshaw as the wife does well with what little she is given to do; Laurence Fishburne is appropriately smarmy and unlikeable; Ed Harris has a field day as the demented serial killer; and we even get glorious "cameos" from future Oscar hopeful Scarlett Johanson; George Plimpton, Chris Sarandon, Daniel J. Travanti, Hope Lange, Ned Beatty and Kevin McCarthy. It's the movie's own self righteousness and improbability that ultimately brings it down to something you may enjoy while watching, but it leaves a bitter aftertaste.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars had several parts of movie that froze & took 5-10 minutes to wait...
had several parts of the movie that froze and we had to wait approx. 5-10 minutes each time to complete
Published 6 days ago by Bruce J Knierim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
Love the suspense in this movie..and the actors!! I've watched it in the past and never get tired of watching.So happy when I found it on Amazon!
Published 6 days ago by milagros owens
4.0 out of 5 stars It looked like a very exciting movie . . . , , ,
Video stopped playing approx. 30 mins in so I had to abandon watching, since it was only 1.99 didn't bother emailing customer service. I'll get the DVD to find out what happened.
Published 16 days ago by Evelyn Boateng
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
Great movie. I learned about the movie during a visit to Babcock Ranch where some of the filming took place. The movie and the visit were worth the time to see.
Published 20 days ago by Richard Parent
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
suspenseful movie, great acting. plenty of twists and turns. Ed Harris at his best as a psycho killer Oscar worthy but this film wasn't seen by big audiences..
Published 22 days ago by L. Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Good movie with great cast and twisting plot. You never know who you can trust in this film. Added plus is always Sean Connery.
Published 29 days ago by Celia Scheer
4.0 out of 5 stars Was he innocent, or guilty?
I was confused as to the ending. How did Sullivan(Ed Harris) know that Bobby Earl killed the girl? How could the dead parents remain in such a condition after all those years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mae Tinee
5.0 out of 5 stars Original
Awesome cast. Great thriller with a consistent plot. This movie really has an all star cast that sticks to delivering a awful truth about detectives "interrogation... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leiser Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of twists
A very suspenseful movie. The ending was not what I expected. You really had to stay on top of the story.
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Elmore
5.0 out of 5 stars just cause
A really great movie very suspenseful keeps you on the edge of your seat.IF YOU LIKE DRAMA YOU WILL LIKE THIS MOVIE
Published 2 months ago by carol hamm
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